I'm going to be honest here, despite having been in countless nativity plays as a child, I had only the vaguest idea of what Frankincense is. It was something really expensive that smelled good?! So like any normal adult in this day and age, I googled it. I found that it's the aromatic resin of a tree found in the middle east. According to pictures, the resin is more of an orangey-brown color, so I'm not sure where the hue of this ink comes from. The ink does, however, have a lovely aroma and at $14.95, is not prohibitively expensive.
I haven't extensively used gray or scented ink before, so I was excited to give this a whirl! I was pleasantly surprised at every turn. Here is a little bit about De Atramentis Frankincense:
- Lamy Al-Star with medium steel nib (also EF and B nib)
- Rhodia No. 16 dotpad, 80g white paper
- Tomoé River white paper
- Moleskine notebook
Smear Test (Dry Time):
- Medium- This ink was completely dry in 30 seconds. No smudging, no movement, no nothing! Since I tend to use wetter inks, this was a pleasant surprise.
Drip Test (Water Resistance):
- Medium/High- While this ink isn't classified as "water resistant" it sure is good at resisting water! It barely smeared at all when I applied water. Pretty impressive and again, really unexpected.
- Medium- There was a difference between the first and second swab, but the second and third looked the same.
Ease of Cleaning:
- Easy-Disappeared quickly from the nibs and feed when I cleaned it.
- Medium- A lovely amount of gentle shading! It went from a light grey to a darker shade, even with a medium nib. Impressive!
- Medium- It flowed well from the pen, not too heavy but not too light. A solid medium.
- Scent- This ink has a spicy evergreen scent. You can smell it out of the bottle but I couldn't really smell it at all while writing with it.
Packaging and Aesthetics:
- 35ml glass bottle with 2ml ink samples also available.
- Utilitarian bottle that is stand alone. No box included.
- Wide necked bottle makes it easy to fill your pen!
Do you like to use scented inks? Let me know in the comments below!